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July 11, 2014  
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Tech on the Square at 3 Notch'd on July 31
Bits & Grits Networking Breakfast July 15
Attend the SVTC Events & Programming Meeting July 16
Valley Business Keynote event July 24
Valley Business Summit August 4
CyberCity at JMU
GARCC to host leadership program
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Tech on the Square
July 31, 2014 at 3 Notch'd Brewing Co. Harrisonburg Taproom from 5-7PM
Come and catch up with fellow technology users and creators at this casual summer networking event.  We'll support our new downtown neighbors 3 Notch'd Brewing  at 241 East Market St (Urban Exchange Building).  While we can't pick up the beer tab (twelve brews on tap), we will bring in some pizza from Benny Sorrentinos around the corner.  The "Thrill of the Grill" food truck may also be there.  And there will be live music after 7pm.
Come, hang out and tell us about your summer adventures and projects for the fall.

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Registration is appreciated to help planning.
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Bits & Grits Monthly Networking Breakfast in Staunton
July 15 2014, 8:00 am - 9:00 am | Mrs. Rowes Staunton

Casual breakfast gathering of Staunton area tech folks--always good networking and always lots of food.  On the third Tuesday of each month at 8am, Mrs. Rowes Restaurant. There's no registration, no speaker, no topic. There's good techie discussion, sometimes questions and opinions, sometimes a good rant or two.  Discussion depends on who's there and what someone wants or needs to talk about or get input on.

Hosted by SVTC board member Kurt Plowman.   


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Be an Active SVTC Member--help choose our programs for 2014-2015
Events and Programing Committee Meeting, July 16, 9AM, Ice House Building

SVTClogoTRANSP The SVTC Events and Programming Committee will be meeting on Wednesday, July 16 to brainstorm ideas for this year's SVTC events.  Any SVTC member is welcome to participate.  If you've got ideas for "stuff" (regular events such as luncheons or special events such as tours) either join the meeting or send us your suggestions via goggleform.

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Valley Business Keynote:  "Leadership & Your Future World Of Work, " Mark Fernandes
Thursday, July 24, 2014; JMU Festival Center; 11 am - 1 pm  

Incorporating Values Into Your Business
Incorporating Values Into Your Business
The mission of the Valley Business Keynote is to facilitate engaging ideas for local leaders and help fulfill the Valley's vast potential by bringing excellent speakers to our area. The second annual Valley Business Keynote is scheduled for July 24, 2014.  The keynote speaker will be Mark Fernandes, Chief Leadership Officer with the Luck Companies in Goochland, VA.  Though he will tailor his speech for our audience, most of his work centers on the idea of Values Based Leadership.  This is a popular new leadership model and Mark does as good of a job as anyone in describing what this means from a practical application. Mark has spoken to business leaders around the world, and was recently named as a "Top 100 Thought Leader in Trustworthy Business" for 2014.


More information and registration: Valley Business Keynote. There are a limited number of (free & otherwise) tickets available.


Sponsored by SVTC members Wharton, Aldhiser & Weaver, Immerge Technologies, Rockingham Group and Dynamic Aviation, among others.  

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Valley Business Summit
August 04 2014, 7:30 am - 12:00 pm | Plecker Center, BRCC


Valley Business Summit "Navigating the pathways to business success"
Includes; keynote by Kay Dunkley, Director of Virginia Tech Roanoke Center, panel discussion on "Growing Your Business", specialized breakout sessions, business & resource fair, business feedback forum with State legislators.  
For more information and agenda of day's events use

 Register for the Valley Business Summit
Please register by July 28,2014.  This event is free but space is limited.

Partnered by the Shenandoah Valley Partnership, Shenandoah Valley Small Business Development Center, H/R Chamber of Commerce,  James Madison University, Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce, Blue Ridge Community College & Valley Workforce


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Member News:  JMU College of Business hosts 8th annual CyberCity Summer Camp

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James Madison University hosted its eighth annual CyberCity in June, an event that allows underrepresented middle and high school students to explore cutting-edge technology and experience all that college has to offer. Participation in CyberCity is by invitation only, all CyberCity participants receive scholarships so that there are are no registration, lodging, meal, or activity expenses.  Honored as a finalist for the 2012 Governor's Technology Award, CyberCity is a program that targets students who may be unsure about attending college and aims to demonstrate to students that they can be successful and enjoy studying at a university.  


On June 18,JMU President Jon Alger gave opening remarks, "Leadership comes in all different shapes, sizes, and personality types-and that's okay," Alger said. "Everyone in this room has the capacity to be a leader-you all have it within you but it means being true to yourself." -


Each day, students attended hands-on, lab-based computer technology courses taught by College of Business professors that were meant to spark student interest and boost their confidence toward higher education. CyberCity students live on campus for four days, create their own mobile phone application, learn about encryption and forensics, tour the campus facilities, learn business etiquette, and discuss strategies for success in college. On the last day, students presented the work they had completed at to an audience of parents and JMU faculty, staff, and students.  


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Member News:  GARCC to host Leadership Greater Augusta Program (LGA)
September 11, 2014- May 7, 2015
Leadership Greater Augusta (LGA) is a nine-month interactive, informative program designed to strengthen individuals for personal, organizational, and community leadership presented by the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce.  A full-day opening retreat launches the program in September, followed by seven half-day sessions and a full-day mid-course retreat. A graduation celebration is held in May.

LGA offers existing and emerging leaders  opportunities for skill building and leadership development.  The program includes a comprehensive examination of the Greater  Augusta region, and encourages participants to apply their leadership skills through community-oriented group projects.

For more information on Leadership Greater Augusta go to or contact Donna Elkins at (540) 324.1133 or

Early Bird Before July 31st; $525 for Chamber members, $625 for non-members.

After July 31st; $575 for Chamber members, $675 for non-members.

Fee includes breakfast /lunch for opening and mid-course retr